Foothills Sentry: OC Animal Shelter Fighting Persistent Misconceptions

The following is a story by the Foothills Sentry newspaper, a Voice of OC media partner covering Orange, Villa Park, Orange Park Acres, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, Silverado Canyon, and Modjeska Canyon. This story was published in the Sentry’s June 2016 edition. The Orange County Animal Shelter is structurally old, ramshackle and primarily concrete, but it is not, as many believe, a medieval warehouse for unwanted pets and strays destined to be euthanized. The shelter will overcome its physical shortcomings when it moves into its new home sometime next year, but it must still shake off misperceptions that it treats animals poorly, and then kills them after four days (the state-mandated waiting period). “Our goal is to find homes for animals, not euthanize them,” Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, shelter director, emphasizes.